Happy middle-of-the week!
When I started Body For Life two weeks ago, I made a commitment.
A commitment to nourish my body with clean, wholesome meals.
And oh baby, I’ve been eatin’ good.
Healthy treats like homemade Banana Muffin Tops have made regular appearances in the morning
(Recipe coming soon!)
I’ve been snacking on Cinnamon Streusel Protein Cake…
…and digging into Healthified Chili Dip (make this for dinner TONIGHT!)
But the truth is, I’ve been playing by the rules a little too well.
Here’s proof: Over the weekend, I skipped out on frozen yogurt because I didn’t think it would bode well for my meal plan.
I turned my back on one of the loves of my life.
The thought process went like this: Chasing a somewhat indulgent dinner with sugary carbs might tip me too far from the 40-40-20 carb-protein-fat ratio I’ve been aiming for.
I didn’t want to break the rules.
But saying no to fro yo seriously made me sad! After wallowing in despair for a few hours, I realized that sometimes it’s necessary to break the rules.
Breaking the rules keeps me in check.
Breaking the rules prevents me from becoming obsessive.
And gosh darnit, breaking the rules is fun! Life is too short to deprive yourself of something you enjoy. Moderation means saying “yes” just as much as it means saying “no.”
I know there are many athletes and bodybuilders out there who don’t believe in “cheating.” Even Jamie Eason, one of my favorite fitness gurus, admits she rarely indulges in sweets.
And I completely understand the logic: Our bodies don’t need chocolate chip cookies; our bones much prefer Greek yogurt over ice cream; our hearts beat stronger for oats than they do for croissants.
For those who adhere to a strict diet regimen 100% of the time, kudos! I truly admire your dedication! Really.
But I’ve realized that even though my body doesn’t need frozen yogurt, my SOUL most certainly does.
And my soul sings a jubilant song when I allow myself to truly enjoy a treat like this.
Nothing low fat, low carb or high protein about it! Just pure, delicious bliss. And definitely more knock-your-socks-off-good than that frozen yogurt I missed out on.
But just because I played ball with a decadent dessert last night, didn’t mean I wasn’t ready to jump back on the health train this morning!
Nutritious breakfast? Check!
Upper body workout? Check!
This has become my favorite go-to workout on Body For Life. However, it may actually be my last BFL-style workout for a few weeks. I’m not abandoning the plan, just revising it. I recently had a heart-to-heart with a trainer at my gym, and he told me that total-body workouts may not be the best approach for gaining significant muscle mass. Instead, he advised me to focus on isolation training; that is, training one or two muscle groups at a time instead of five or six. I’m thinking about trying Live Fit Trainer, and incorporating a little cardio into the routine. (For those of you that have done, or are doing Live Fit Trainer, please share your thoughts about the program!)
Once I was home, it was time to refuel.
It tasted like a decadent dessert, but in reality it only felt like I was breaking the rules.
Top Ten Desserts in America
I fully intended on ending this post on that note, but as I was typing the word cheesecake, I suddenly remembered an article I saw online a few weeks ago: The 10 Most Popular Desserts in America.
Here they are, according to TLC (whose sources are most certainly 100% credible )
7. Carrot Cake
6. Apple Pie
5. Ice Cream
3. Chocolate Chip Cookies
2. Chocolate Cake
How on earth Jello beat cheesecake and cupcakes is beyond me! And fudge is #1?!
What’s your favorite healthy or “healthified” dessert?
See the last picture in this post for mine!
Favorite dessert of all time? (I mean the real deal). Is something on the above list missing?
This is a tough one! But I’m going to have to roll with cheesecake or peanut butter pie.
What, if any, are your diet rules? Do you have “cheat meals” or do you treat yourself every day?